In conjunction with Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday, the museum also holds a free Family Day at its location in Makiki Heights, with entertainment and an art activity. A free shuttle bus will run between the Honolulu Museum of Art and Spalding House, so you can enjoy two different events in one day.
Sep 21, 11am-4pm: Koyo
Celebrate koyo—autumn leaves—by creating a woodblock print inspired by the fall colors of Japan. Children will make prints from blocks carved by artist Ryan Higa.
12-12:30pm + 2-2:30pm
Jeff Gere will tell two melancholic tales on the theme of Koyo, Japanese fall. First, hear the startling tale of how two monks, meeting on a remote path, discover that their lives are entwined around one woman, and how she brought them to Buddha. Next, a folktale follows the relationship between the Princess and the Flute-playing fisherman. Be prepared to have your heartstrings pulled; some of these tales have sad endings.
Later this fall:
Oct 19: Trick or Treat!
Kids can make spooky masks to scare away monsters then have a chicken-skin session with storyteller Lopaka Kapanui and his ghost stories.
Nov 16: On the Steppes
In Mongolia, people believe that a person without a horse is like a bird without wings. Children can celebrate Mongolian culture by creating their own mini horse.